Spamproofing the Archives

From: Jeffrey Sharp <>
Date: Fri Dec 6 14:32:00 2002

Current idea on spamproofing the archives:

[0] Every email address in the archives is replaced with a shortened form.
    For instance: -> user_at_d...

[1] The shortened address is link to a CGI script like this:
    The script generates a page that asks the user to type in a specific
    string to prove they're human. The query string above is the email
    address with some some simple sort of encryption.

[2] The user types in the string and presses Submit, and it runs the CGI
    again, but with the typed string as part of the query string:,abbabdedf

    Now the script generates a page with the real email address as a mailto
    hyperlink. The user may bookmark this page if he/she wishes.

Surely this is enough to defeat address harvesters. Does anyone see any
problems with this?

Jeffrey Sharp
Received on Fri Dec 06 2002 - 14:32:00 GMT

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